Fix it up: A house and two-storey workshop in Dublin's Portobello for €450,000

What is it? An old interlinked two-up two-down house and two-storey workshop with an enclosed yard at 8 and 9 Lennox Terrace in Portobello, Dublin 8.

Tell me more about the place…

The property has been owned by a building family who have both lived and worked at the interlinked property for many years.

The good news?

Portobello is one of Dublin City’s most sought after and trendy locations. You can’t get more central without living in the city centre itself. Subject to permission, you could knock down the workshop and build a two-bed home, retaining two houses with two bedrooms each; or you could go all out and mesh new build into the existing two-bed house to create a truly special and decent sized architect-designed family home.

And the bad news?

At present the parking is on-street – there is the equivalent of two spaces on the road in front of the property. No discs. The competition could be stiff in this location. Definitely not one for first time buyers who aren’t related to a builder.

How much to buy it?

The entire is on offer for €450,000.

And to fix it up?

You’ll likely spend €200,000 to €250,000 depending on which option and to what spec.

What will I end up with?

A small one to live in and a small one to rent. Or for €700k, a fantastic larger designer pad in an unbeatable location near Dublin’s Grand Canal.

Who do I talk to?

Rory Crerar of Herman White Estates (01) 4966019 will talk workshop on this one.

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